Northrop Grumman has completed a live fire demonstration of the highly adaptable multi-mission radar (HAMMR) system at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where it detected and tracked an unmanned aerial vehicle target.

HAMMR is a short- to medium-range X-Band 3D radar that “borrows” the F-16’s AN/APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA). HAMMR uses the AESA radar to provide multi-mission 3D performance for air surveillance, weapon cueing and counter-fire target acquisition missions in either a 360-degree or sector-only staring mode.

During the successful demonstration at Eglin, HAMMR was mounted on a high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) to make an integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) system. HAMMR provides force protection while operating on the move to significantly increase the survivability of the warfighter.

“This first-of-its-kind demonstration validated the sense on-the-move capability in concept for the Department of Defense’s IAMD enterprise and proved that this capability can be developed and fielded to warfighters much sooner than anticipated,” said Mike Meaney, vice president of land and maritime sensors at Northrop Grumman.